Remembering to check your gutters regularly can save you lots of stress and money in the long run. Though it may seem like such a small, insignificant part of your house maintenance, there are so many problems that can arise from blocked gutters, leading to issues even worse than just damaged gutters.
When you don’t take the time to clean the debris from your gutters, the clog can lead to leaks and dampness in important parts of your home. However, cleaning out your gutters has many other benefits, including the following:
Benefits Of Cleaning Your Gutter
1. Extends the Life of Roof
Cleaning out your gutters prevents ice from building up in the winter. When ice builds up inside your gutters, it adds weight and stress to the roof. This added stress to the roof can lead to the spreading of shingles. When shingles spread, leaks can occur within the interior of the house.
2. Prevents Interior Damage
When you allow debris and ice to damage your gutters, these leaks can cause serious damage. Not only can large, ugly water stains spread across the ceiling, but it can lead to the walls and ceilings rotting. The moisture can also cause mould and mildew to develop both inside and outside your home.
3. Prevents Nesting Pests
When gutters become clogged with debris and twigs, they are transformed into nesting and breeding areas. All sorts of pests can take shelter inside the debris of your gutters, including mice, rats, birds, and insects.
These debris-filled gutters can also nurture seedlings when seeds get caught up in the dirt and moisture which is a great fertiliser. Seedlings can lead to added weight, and therefore damage, to the gutters of your home.
4. Shields Against Basement Flooding
Clogged gutters can lead to cracks in the gutters. When gutters leak, instead of the water safely running off away from the house, this water pools up around the base of your house. This, logically, leads to this moisture eventually seeping into your home.
Not only can this lead to flooding, but dangerous mould can collect in your property, which can lead to health issues for any occupants.
5. Prevents Foundation Cracks
Another place this water tends to collect is within the foundation of your home. All this moisture collecting and sneaking into your foundation will eventually lead to cracks within the foundation. This can be one of the most costly and dangerous issues that blocked gutters cause within your home.